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  1. 1. Young Men’s Character Club YMCC Mentoring Program for At-Risk Students Changing School Culture by Building Relationships, Mentoring Youth Calallen Middle School Corpus Christi, Texas Marcos M. Flores/Principal [email_address] R. Vasquez / Coach [email_address]
  2. 2. Calallen MS Staff – 48 female 14 male = 62 <ul><li>Beginning teachers – 5% </li></ul><ul><li>1-5 years experience – 29% </li></ul><ul><li>6-10 years experience – 15% </li></ul><ul><li>11-20 years experience – 30% </li></ul><ul><li>20-plus years experience – 19% </li></ul>
  3. 3. Calallen MS Student Demographics <ul><li>White – 45% 402 </li></ul><ul><li>African-American – 1.7% 15 </li></ul><ul><li>Hispanic – 51.1% 449 </li></ul><ul><li>Asian/Pacific Islander - 1% 9 </li></ul><ul><li>Native American- .3% 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Total Students 905 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Calallen MS Student Demographics <ul><li>LEP students – 13 - 1.5% </li></ul><ul><li>Eco. Disadvantaged - 343 – 39.1% </li></ul><ul><li>At-Risk - 281 - 32% </li></ul><ul><li>Special Ed - 76 - 8% </li></ul><ul><li>Gifted and Talented 113 - 12.9% </li></ul>
  5. 5. Calallen MS Academic Achievement <ul><li>We are a Recognized Campus for the 2 nd straight year. </li></ul><ul><li>Commended rating on reading/ELA </li></ul><ul><li>Commended rating on writing </li></ul><ul><li>Commended rating on social studies. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Facts <ul><li>Administration felt that more academic gains could be achieved through a stronger discipline program. </li></ul><ul><li>Research showed discipline programs successful in transforming students at all levels. </li></ul><ul><li>Discipline referrals continued to increase. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Campus Procedures already in place <ul><li>Tracking Cards </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate with parents </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers assign D-Hall </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss persistent behavioral problems through Team meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Write referrals </li></ul>
  8. 9. Still, we felt it was not enough… <ul><li>We continued to have problems with male students. </li></ul><ul><li>This particular cohort’s behavior pattern was getting worse as it headed into 8 th grade. </li></ul><ul><li>We felt the 8 th grade discipline would set tone for school year. </li></ul><ul><li>We needed to act before school opened. </li></ul>
  9. 10. The TREND   6th 7th 8th Total 2006-2007 463 530 559 1552 2007-2008 382 545 696 1623 2008-2009 ? ? ?
  10. 11. The Research <ul><li>Research showed there are three areas from which successful mentoring programs can be developed: </li></ul><ul><li>(1) Experts/Role models, </li></ul><ul><li>(2) Community Role Models </li></ul><ul><li>(3) Peers. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  11. 12. Experts/Role Models <ul><li>EXPERTS/ROLE MODELS — A study by the University of Houston School of Education titled “Assessing the Impact of the NASA Johnson Space Center Distance Education and Mentoring Program” discussed the success of using scientists and engineers to reach students interested in the field. (Karl, 2001). </li></ul><ul><li>In this case they used scientists to get students interested in the field. We would use male teachers/coaches/administrators. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Community Role Models <ul><li>COMMUNITY — Tutoring Plus of Cambridge, Massachusetts, puts out a flier to the community recruiting mentors from the community such as retired teachers or business professionals to help students. Results have shown that these additional volunteers make a dramatic impact on student learning and are readily available at any school in the nation. </li></ul><ul><li>We bring people from various parts of our community to speak to our young men. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Peers <ul><li>PEERS — At the University of California-Berkeley a graduate class on the subject — “Teaching One-on-One: Principles of Tutoring and Mentoring.” Students team up with those who need help to assist them in school work and emotional needs. (Maclay, 2000). </li></ul><ul><li>As our program developed, those who have started to learn success can help others, looking to their own mentor and peers for academic and emotional guidance. </li></ul><ul><li>This finding coincided with a program developed by Greg Turk, who works in South Central Los Angeles as with at-risk gang members (“Making the Most of Natural Leaders -Prevention forum www.prevention.org , 2009). In that program, as leaders emerged, Attitudes among other gang members followed . </li></ul>
  14. 15. The Discipline Problem at Calallen MS. . . <ul><li>In 2006-2007, we had 1,552 referrals. </li></ul><ul><li>By 2007-2008, referrals were up to 1,623. </li></ul><ul><li>With the implementation of YMCC and procedures already in place, referrals were down to 1,104 in 2008-2009. </li></ul>
  15. 16. The 2007-2008 data also showe that . . . <ul><ul><li>Looking at the Data from 2007-2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>25 students responsible for 75% of 7 th grade referrals. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Males outnumbered female referrals 80-20% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Of the 25 students, all had 5 referrals or more. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>16 had 10 or more referrals. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our information also showed that historically, 8 th grade referrals were up from the previous year, every year. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The administration decided to target this group. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Campus Improvement Plan Goal for ‘08-’09 <ul><ul><li>Our goal was to have a 5% reduction to 1,541 referrals from 1,623. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We needed a plan. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Revise Tracking Card </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Target 8 th grade male group. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Forming YMCC <ul><li>Broke down data at end of year. </li></ul><ul><li>Discussed and made connections of past experiences and new ideas learned. </li></ul><ul><li>Decided to target 8 th grade boys off the data. </li></ul><ul><li>Decided that we had enough male coaches to do the job. </li></ul><ul><li>Inform teachers of plan at start of year. </li></ul>
  18. 19. Young Men’s Character Club To inspire at-risk students to succeed by providing mentors who will teach them life-long character development skills as they experience success behaviorally and in the classroom.
  19. 20. Criteria for YMCC <ul><li>8 th grade males. </li></ul><ul><li>5 referrals or more. </li></ul>
  20. 21. Student’s Role in YMCC <ul><li>Attend tutorials as </li></ul><ul><li>needed. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to mentor with any problems, academically or behaviorally. </li></ul><ul><li>Work with assigned group and mentor. </li></ul><ul><li>Set weekly goals to better grades and behavior every six weeks. </li></ul><ul><li>Help peers achieve success, goals. </li></ul>
  21. 22. Mentor’s Role in YMCC <ul><li>Keep it positive. </li></ul><ul><li>No consequences, just solutions. </li></ul><ul><li>Be approachable. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage success. </li></ul><ul><li>Reward effort (early lunch pass, help out at football game). </li></ul><ul><li>Show them you care. </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate with teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor will lead a character building topic every week. </li></ul>
  22. 23. Foundation of YMCC <ul><li>Each mentor would have 3-4 students </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor would keep frequent contact with students. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers were encouraged to call the student’s mentor when problems arise. </li></ul>
  23. 24. YMCC Meetings <ul><li>The YMCC group would meet as a club every Friday during the 30-minute period for tutorial enrichment. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss any current issues going on with the group. </li></ul><ul><li>A mentor would conduct a character development lesson. </li></ul><ul><li>Towards the end of the meetings, mentors would meet with his small group to review progress, problems, opportunities, and set goals. </li></ul>
  24. 25. Two Methods for Success 1. Weekly Behavior/Grade sheets <ul><li>Weekly grade/behavior sheets were given on Thursday morning and turned in to mentor on Friday. </li></ul><ul><li>Behavior/Grade sheets were reviewed every Friday between mentor and mentor group, after character development lesson. </li></ul><ul><li>Mentors would make the necessary arrangements with his students to help them be successful that week. </li></ul>
  25. 26. YMCC Weekly Grade/Behavior Sheet Name: _______________________ Gr: ___ Week of: ____________________________ Student's Mentor:___________________________________ Pd Class Teacher Positive/Negative Comments Missing Assignments 1         2         3         4         5         6         7         Please feel free to add any additional comments _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  26. 27. 2. Six Weeks Goal Setting <ul><li>At the beginning of every 6 weeks, individual totals in referrals and classes failed from the previous year were reviewed in a particular six weeks. </li></ul><ul><li>The YMCC group would set group goals both academically and behaviorally for that six weeks. </li></ul><ul><li>Each mentor would help his group set individual and group goals for the 6-weeks’ period based off the previous year six weeks. </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor will communicate with teachers on individual student’s goal </li></ul>
  27. 28. MENTOR STUDENT # of referrals Last year Ref. Year total # Failed 09-10 Failed last year                                           Bell, Bobby Student   1 17 1   Student   0 7 10   Student   2 11 0   Student         not here               Brotherton, Mike Student   5 20 0   Student   not here 6 0   Student   3 10 3               Fowler, Cliff Student   1 9 0   Student   1 6 0   Student   3 7 1               John, Billy Student   1 11 0   Student   0 0 3   Student   0 4 1               Kirkpatrick, Steve Student   1 4 4   Student   not here   ? not here   Student   not here   ? not here               Nowell, Brian Student   0 5 4   Student   2 8 0   Student   ?   ?     Student   1 6 4               Vasquez, Richard Student   1 9 1   Student   3 11 1   Student   1 7 3               TOTAL            
  28. 29. MENTOR STUDENT # of referrals Last year Ref. Year total # Failed 08-09 Failed 07-08               Bell, Bobby student 0 2 5 0 0   Student 1 1 13 2 1   studentt 1 6 27 1 ?               Brotherton, Mike Student 1 5 13 0 0   student 0 5 11 0 0   Student 0 3 8 3 4               Flores, Nick student 3 1 6 2 6   student 2 1 19 0 0 at DAEP   student 0 5 12 0 1               Fowler, Cliff student 0 0 5 0     student na   9 na     student 3 5 13 1 2               John, Billy student 0 7 20 2 0   student 1 2 12 0 1   student 0 5 12 0 2               Kirkpatrick, Steve student 2 7 17 0 1   student 1 5 19 1 3   student 2 1 13 1 1               Nowell, Brian student 1 1 15 1 0 at DAEP   students 2 2 6 1 3               Vasquez, Richard student 0 2 9 0 3   student 0 3 6 0 0   student 2 6 16 0 1               TOTAL   20 75   15 29
  29. 30. How we keep track YMCC
  30. 31. How we keep track YMCC
  31. 32. Results <ul><li>Of the 25 at-risk students in the YMCC cohort, three students eventually left the district. </li></ul><ul><li>First six weeks: Group had two less referral than the previous year, but did not improve academically as they failed 25 classes compared to 18 the previous year. </li></ul><ul><li>Second six weeks: Referrals dropped from 55 to 20;failing grades dropped from 28 to 18. </li></ul><ul><li>Third six weeks: Referrals dropped from 36 to 26 and failing grades were down from 20 to 17. </li></ul>
  32. 33. Results <ul><li>Fourth six weeks: Referrals dropped dramatically from 73 to 16; but failing grades were up from 20 to 22. </li></ul><ul><li>Fifth Six Weeks: Referrals went from 75 to 22 and failures dropped from 29 to 15. </li></ul><ul><li>Sixth Six Weeks: Referrals went down from 37 to 12; failures dropped from 20 to 17. </li></ul>
  33. 34. YMCC - Overall Referral Results There was a 62% reduction in referrals with the YMCC in place. Referrals decreased by 181.
  34. 35. YMCC - Overall Failure Results There was a 28% reduction in failing grades with the YMCC in place. Referrals decreased by 38.
  35. 36. Behavior Results - YMCC 82% had less referrals that previous year. Only 2 students had 10 or more referrals compared to 16 the previous year. 7 students had 5 or more referrals compared to 22 the previous year. 8 dropped their referral counts by 10 or more
  36. 37. Academic Results - YMCC 22 students took 73 test and passed 89 % of their test 18 or 22 students did better or had the same number of failing grades as the year before with 12 improving .
  37. 38. YMCC HELPED US MEET CAMPUS GOAL Total Referrals 2008-2009 <ul><li>1,104 total referrals written. </li></ul><ul><li>GOAL MET ……28% REDUCTION </li></ul>
  38. 39. YMCC helped keep students in school! Total instructional days lost due to ISS or OSS decreased!
  39. 40. The TREND   6th 7th 8th Total 2006-2007 463 530 559 1552 2007-2008 382 545 696 1623 2008-2009 ? ? ?
  40. 41. Campus-Totals by Year YMCC YMCC Implementation YMCC   6th 7th 8th Total 2006-2007 463 530 559 1552 2007-2008 382 545 696 1623 2008-2009 180 493 490 1163
  41. 42. A Surprising Result: A change in Culture at CMS
  42. 43. Conclusion: A change in Culture at CMS We have seen a change in culture when it comes to attitudes toward behavioral problems from both students and teachers. The number of referrals are down, campus wide. The incoming 6 th graders are following the lead of the 8 th graders and have fewer referrals then ever. The emphasis is on keeping students in class and finding other resources to handle discipline. Teachers realized there were other options. Mentors were very involved and built relationships with their students and communication throughout campus . Teachers are crucial to the program’s success. They must buy-in to the program and they must nurture the at-risk student’s success.
  43. 44. A change in Culture at CMS
  44. 45. Young Men’s Character Club YMCC Mentoring Program for At-Risk Students Calallen Middle School Corpus Christi, Texas Marcos M. Flores [email_address] Asst. Principal

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